Family of woman killed in an apparent murder-suicide say husband was abusive

CALGARY — Family of a woman killed in an apparent murder-suicide are questioning how they could have stopped it.

CALGARY — Family of a woman killed in an apparent murder-suicide are questioning how they could have stopped it.

Police found the body of a 35-year-old woman, identified by family as Mary Kawaja, originally from Sudan, in a sixth-floor apartment Saturday morning in Calgary.

Her husband John Buzo was found dead in the parking lot where it’s believed he fell from a balcony.

John Kawaja, the dead woman’s brother, says their attention is now on taking care of the couple’s three-year-old son, who was found unharmed by his mother’s body.

Kawaja said his sister told them about Buzo being abusive to her and that she got a restraining order against him last year.

Family and friends gathered Sunday to remember Mary Kawaja, who had a degree in psychology, worked in a day care and loved children.

“We talk about her, and her life, and we ask why this happened … about what we could have done differently to prevent such a tragedy from happening,” John said.

“She was a really caring person and she was always smiling and was such a nice person — it is such a great loss.”

John Kawaja said Buzo had a drinking problem, and rarely worked. He said he tried to talk Buzo about stopping drinking, “but I failed to do that.”

He also said he has no anger towards Buzo, who is believed to have killed his wife before taking his own life, and is instead praying for him and his family.

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